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The Blackboard Quest


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In this presentation I discuss the so-called "Blackboard Quest" that is used to introduce Engineers at Swansea to Blackboard VLE and Oremi (ELGG) Shared Space

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The Blackboard Quest

  1. 1. The Blackboard Quest E-Learning Show Case Chris Jobling
  2. 2. What? <ul><li>Introducing Blackboard and Oremi </li></ul><ul><li>Using Blackboard and Oremi </li></ul><ul><li>Encouraging Exploration </li></ul><ul><li>Learn by Doing </li></ul><ul><li>Serious in Purpose but Fun in Practice </li></ul><ul><li>Could Be Adapted for any Course Group </li></ul>
  3. 3. When and Who? <ul><li>Start of Week 3 of First Semester </li></ul><ul><li>All First Year Engineers </li></ul>
  4. 4. Why? <ul><li>Need to introduce Blackboard to all first year engineering students </li></ul><ul><li>Desire to encourage use of Oremi </li></ul><ul><li>Part of School’s Commitment to ICT and LEAP </li></ul><ul><li>Forms a Component of “Personal and Professional Development” module (1 credit). </li></ul>
  5. 5. [Hidden Agenda] <ul><li>Taught by a Guest Lecturer (me!) </li></ul><ul><li>Minimum Supervision </li></ul><ul><li>Some Credit Desired but … </li></ul><ul><li>Ideally No Marking! </li></ul>
  6. 6. How? <ul><li>A Quest </li></ul><ul><li>Exploration </li></ul><ul><li>Treasure </li></ul><ul><li>Challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Rewards </li></ul>
  7. 7. Technically <ul><li>In Blackboard and Oremi </li></ul><ul><li>Read </li></ul><ul><li>“ Review” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Selective Release” </li></ul><ul><li>Quizzes </li></ul><ul><li>Treasure </li></ul><ul><li>Automatic Grading </li></ul>
  8. 8. The Quest <ul><li>The Gatekeeper’s Challenge </li></ul><ul><li>The Treasure Hunt </li></ul><ul><li>The Second Challenge </li></ul><ul><li>Exploring Oremi </li></ul><ul><li>The Final Challenge </li></ul><ul><li>The Reward </li></ul>
  9. 9. The Gatekeeper’s Challenge <ul><li>Questors must be worthy! </li></ul><ul><li>Provide some introductory information in Course Documents </li></ul><ul><li>Quiz them on the content </li></ul><ul><li>Demand more than 40% effort (I demand 80%)! </li></ul><ul><li>Reveal “Treasure Hunt” only when they have achieved this minimum level of performance. </li></ul>
  10. 10. The Treasure Hunt <ul><li>A tour around your Blackboard site. </li></ul><ul><li>Try to ensure site is “typical” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Module Information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Staff Information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Course Documents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assignments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Books </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discussion Board </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>External Links </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tools </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. The Treasure – Typical Questions <ul><li>“ Treasure” is module resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How many credits does the module have? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who is the principle lecturer? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Where does “wizard” Jobling live? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>List the Learning Outcomes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is the ISBN and Voyager Call number of the module textbook? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Which professional body is responsible for accrediting Aerospace degrees? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who said “Thermodynamics is a funny subject?” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Key is that all answers should be discoverable in the Blackboard site or by reviewing the resources provided. </li></ul>
  12. 12. The Hunt <ul><li>Blackboard allows virtually any form of content item , folder , external link , course link or test to be subject to selective release. </li></ul><ul><li>Use “Manage item” to add review control to resources you want your students to read. </li></ul><ul><li>Use reviewed setting to control selective release of the next item in the quest. </li></ul><ul><li>Release items only when the previous item(s) have been reviewed. </li></ul><ul><li>Sophisticated rules possible but keep it simple! </li></ul>
  13. 13. The Second Challenge <ul><li>Another blackboard quiz </li></ul><ul><li>Answers should be discoverable in the treasure hunt </li></ul><ul><li>Try to ensure that questions can only be answered if the materials have been properly reviewed. </li></ul><ul><li>Set a “pass mark” or not as you wish </li></ul>
  14. 14. Exploring Oremi <ul><li>Oremi – Swansea’s new PLE </li></ul><ul><li>All students should be able to login </li></ul><ul><li>Create a new community for your students </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage them to join the community as part of the quest </li></ul><ul><li>Hide some treasure in the community </li></ul><ul><li>Aim to get a critical mass so that students are into Oremi when it’s used later for academic purposes! </li></ul>
  15. 15. The Final Challenge <ul><li>Students must find a key in the Oremi community site </li></ul><ul><li>Key used to “unlock” final challenge </li></ul><ul><li>When final challenge is unlocked quest ends. </li></ul><ul><li>May want to offer a reward! </li></ul>
  16. 16. The Reward <ul><li>My reward is access to a Matlab tutorial that used to be part of the PPD module! </li></ul><ul><li>Didn’t want to throw it away, and it’s useful to students. </li></ul><ul><li>You might want to give them a useful document, access to a video, link to a useful web site, a voucher to spend in the tuck shop, or simply the satisfaction of a job well done. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Adapting to Other Courses <ul><li>Build a quest into a module that all students take. </li></ul><ul><li>Give credit – students like credit! </li></ul><ul><li>Make documents to be reviewed relevant to your course </li></ul><ul><li>Use quizzes to ensure proper review of materials </li></ul><ul><li>Use selective release “hurdles” to force more than 40% effort! </li></ul><ul><li>Give examples of real teaching and learning materials from your courses </li></ul><ul><li>If you use Blackboard quizzes, give examples of as many question types as you can. </li></ul><ul><li>Allow retries – possibility of 100% scores is a good motivator! </li></ul>
  18. 18. Finding Out More <ul><li>I have put copies of this presentation, handouts that I use, keys and grading information onto the Oremi site as a presentation. </li></ul><ul><li>You’ll need to join the “Blackboard Quest” community for access. </li></ul><ul><li>Once there, you’ll find the materials under Chris Jobling’s presentations. </li></ul><ul><li>The quest itself is implemented in EG-168 (guest access is enabled) </li></ul><ul><li>This could be made into a template module perhaps but would need customizing. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Summary <ul><li>This has been the “Blackboard Quest” </li></ul><ul><li>A presentation made by Chris Jobling </li></ul><ul><li>For the first E-Learning Showcase, October 2007. </li></ul><ul><li>Thanks for your Time! </li></ul>